Alaska Family Council believes that parents alone have the sole duty and responsibility of raising children, providing for their education, sustenance, as well as mental and spiritual wellbeing. Any legal provision, guideline, statute, or ordinance that infringes upon that fundamental principle and right of parents will be staunchly opposed.

At the same time, we stand wholeheartedly with public policies that lift up and protect the fundamental right of parents to direct how their children are raised.

“The nature of the parent child relationship endows parents with the primary responsibility and obligation to care for their child.”

Two such pieces of legislation, one recently introduced in Washington, D.C. and the other by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, almost a year ago, are worthy of such support.

On the federal front, U.S. Senators Tim Scott (SC) and James Lankford (OK) introduced the “Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act” (FRRA) on January 10 to protect “the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and health care of their children.”

This legislation clarifies that, “The nature of the parent child relationship endows parents with the primary responsibility and obligation to care for their child.” and that “From these responsibilities and obligations comes the pre-political, natural right of parents to care for their children.”

Increasingly, government actions, public schools and judges have proven to be not nearly as protective as they should be, often treating this fundamental right as a second tier right.

Alaska Family Council urges Alaskans to contact Senator Lisa Murkowski (CLICK HERE) and Senator Dan Sullivan (CLICK HERE) to support and co-sponsor S.3571 –  the Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act.

On the Alaskan front, the State Legislature will once again have an opportunity to hear Senate Bill 96, a law introduced by Dunleavy that affirms the right of parents to be engaged in the lives of their children.
Among other protections, SB96 would require public school officials to notify parents two weeks before and get written permission for any activity, class, or program that includes content involving gender, identity, human reproduction, or sexual matters.

In response to many public schools actively keeping parents in the dark about students identifying as a different sex, the legislation would also require written permission from a parent before the name or pronoun used by a public school is changed.

As Governor Dunleavy rightly asserts, parents must be notified and engaged when something as deeply personal and potentially life changing as identifying as a completely different sex is going on at school.

Equally important, when class instruction veers into the highly controversial and indisputably moral arena of “gender identity,” “sexual orientation” and other charged topics, parents – many of whom don’t even think schools should be involved in these issues at all – should at least have the privilege to know when and how these topics are brought up.

Dunleavy’s bill is currently sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Anchorage Democrat Matt Claman. CLICK HERE to encourage Sen Claman to give the bill a vote. Although unlikely to move out of this committee, Alaskan deserve to know where senators stand when it comes to parental rights.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: Alaskans need to back stronger state and federal protections of parental rights

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.


  • Ted says:

    Conservatives are all for parents rights, except for when it comes to allowing their kids to be trans or get trans healthcare, then they force the government to ban life saving treatments. It’s never been about parents rights, only hate.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      This is true.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      As always, if people want to know the truth, read what trolls like Ted and Chuck write and then think a total 180-degree opposite and that will be your truth. It is too bad that these trolls choose to keep trolling when every lie they tell is being kept track of by the One who gives life to ALL things.

      • Lobo says:

        I often think about a “Gay Men’s Choir” over there on West Virginia, and the relevance of certain people’s ideological, and sexually related public stances.

    • Sally Duncan says:

      Ah, I get it. Life-saving treatments are allowing some money-hungry doctor to cut off your child’s private parts and let them live with the consequences, because you don’t have to. You will be long gone unless, of course, your child decides to commit suicide because you allowed such an atrocity. If that is your stance, I hope you don’t have children or if you do they get taken away from you due to your willing child abuse actions.

      • Ted says:

        Sally the only reason trans people commit suicide is because people like you make it impossible for them to live their lives. Trans healthcare has been proven to reduce the risk of suicide not increase it.

  • SA says:

    “Any legal provision, guideline, statute, or ordinance that infringes upon that fundamental principle and right of parents will be staunchly opposed.” Good news for parents to have sole responsibility for what their children can access at public libraries! I’m glad to read that the AFC is opposed to government-level censorship and book restrictions , removals, or bans mandated by boroughs or municipalities like the Mat-Su Borough or the city of Wasilla. Hopefully, the AFC will implement the principle of parental rights to determine their own children’s access to books the next time the Mat-Su Moms for Liberty chapter, Liberty Chick, and/or Jackie Ivie Goforth attempt to force a city council, borough assembly, or library board to restrict or ban books by speaking out in the meeting. Maybe the AFC can bring a sign to wave in support of parental rights.

  • Dave Donley says:

    I introduced a resolution to adopt Anchorage School Board policy overriding existing ASD “administrative guidelines” against notifying parents of secondary students of gender/pronoun changes. My resolution would reverse the presumption against notifying parents while maintaining safeguards for students if needed. My resolution has not received a second and without a second it will not come before the Board.
    Dave Donley speaking for myself and not the ASD or Anchorage School Board

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Appreciate you David! I am advocate to shut the entire system down! That’s where we disagree.